Tepakán Municipality

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Principal Church of Tepakán, Yucatán
Principal Church of Tepakán, Yucatán
Region 3 Centro #086
Region 3 Centro #086
Tepakán is located in Mexico
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°02′55″N 89°02′20″W / 21.04861°N 89.03889°W / 21.04861; -89.03889Coordinates: 21°02′55″N 89°02′20″W / 21.04861°N 89.03889°W / 21.04861; -89.03889
Country Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
State Flag of Yucatan.svg Yucatán
 • Type PRD logo without border (Mexico).svg 2012–2015[1]
 • Municipal President Weyler Aaron Coral Manrique[2]
 • Total 134.13 km2 (51.79 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2010[3])
 • Total 2,226
Time zone UTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
INEGI Code 009
Major Airport Merida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport
Website Official Website

Tepakán Municipality (In the Yucatec Maya Language: “place where pakán fruit (similar to tuna) is found” is one of the 106 municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán containing (134.13 km2) of land and located roughly 70 km east of the city of Mérida.[2]


During pre-Hispanic times, the area was part of the chieftainship of Ah-Kin-Chel. After the conquest the area became part of the encomienda system with Cristóbal Sánchez as the encomendero in 1581. Subsequent holders of the trusteeship Esteban Tello Aguilar in 1700, Ana de Varreda Villegas in 1705, Antonia Pacheco and Juan Nepomuceno Calderón.[2]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821.[2] On 24 July 1867 a decree passed to reorganize the divisions within the territory and Tepakán was assigned to Izamal Municipality.[4] In 1988, it was made its own municipality.[5]


The municipal president is elected for a three-year term. The town council has four councilpersons, who serve as Secretary and councilors of ecology, public works, ecology, roads and markets, and cemeteries.[6]

The Municipal Council administers the business of the municipality. It is responsible for budgeting and expenditures and producing all required reports for all branches of the municipal administration. Annually it determines educational standards for schools.[6]

The Police Commissioners ensure public order and safety. They are tasked with enforcing regulations, distributing materials and administering rulings of general compliance issued by the council.[6]


The head of the municipality is Tepakán, Yucatán. The other populated areas are Jabada, Kantirix, Kantunich, Pochuná, Hacienda Los Reyes, Rosario, Tecate and Xemu. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

Community Population
Entire Municipality (2010) 2,226[3]
Kantirix 168 in 2005[7]
Tepakán 1923 in 2005[8]

Local festivals[edit]

Every year on 12 April the feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of the village, is held.[2]

Tourist attractions[edit]


  1. ^ "Priistas agradecidos" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Diario de Yucatán. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2015. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Municipios de Yucatán » Tepakán" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Mexico In Figures: Tepakán, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  4. ^ División territorial del Estado de Yucatán de 1810 a 1995 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1. ed.). Aguascalientes, Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. 1997. pp. 109–110. ISBN 970-13-1518-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  5. ^ División territorial del Estado de Yucatán de 1810 a 1995, pp 123-124
  6. ^ a b c "Tepakán". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kantirix". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tepakán". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2015.